Equity and Belonging

Not Just Inclusion… Belonging

Derryfield approaches equity and belonging with both ambition and humility. Students are encouraged to voice their opinions, to share their lived experiences, to question assumptions, to research others’ perspectives, to listen with a goal to understand, and to be inquisitive about the world around them. They are also empowered to express themselves and to bring their authentic selves to all that they do.

Multicultural Student Union

The Multicultural Student Union (MSU) is a student-driven initiative that grew out of spirited faculty-student discussions held over the summer on the issues of racial justice, equity, and inclusion. “Several students wanted a safe space for people of color, as well as those interested in understanding and exploring cultural diversity, to talk about issues of concern as well as to celebrate cultural diversity,” said Jenny Boesch who with Laurie Byron serves as a faculty advisor to the group.

BIPOC Affinity Group
The mission of BIPOC is to provide a safe, comfortable, and fun environment for students of color so they can better understand their experiences as a marginalized student at Derryfield.

Breakthrough Manchester

Breakthrough Manchester is housed on Derryfield’s campus and is the second oldest of the 24 Breakthrough program sites in the country. Our Breakthrough students are all Manchester area residents and the program currently serves 169 students, 73% of whom identify as students of color. In 2016, we partnered with Southern New Hampshire University, in an effort to meaningfully expand this academic enrichment program beyond the middle school years, all the way through grade 12. On Derryfield’s campus, middle school students have their summer and school year educational experiences, while SNHU supports them through high school and the college enrollment process.

Activities & Explorations

Tony Bonjorno
Courtney Cheetham
Anela Kruščica

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